An Elizabethtown-based barbecue restaurant is set to open a second location in town.
Established last year, Pappaw’s BBQ and More’s new spot is in Helmwood Plaza at 611 W. Poplar St., Suite B8. The restaurant’s opening date is set for Wednesday.
Pappaw’s BBQ and More is co-owned by Donnie and Toby Simoneit. The restaurant’s original location, which will remain in operation, is at 5511 N. Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown, across from Hardin County Honda.
The original location is a small structure where food is prepared and customers can order to-go or enjoy their meal in an outdoor setting. According to Donnie, who has been making barbecue for more than two decades, a second location has become a necessity to keep up with local demand.
“I can’t cook enough food over there to keep up with the amount of food that we sell,” he said.
The business initially was conceived as a mobile food operation, Donnie said. However, he said they eventually decided it was best to keep the mobile structure stationary.
According to Donnie, all items on the menu are cooked fresh daily and primarily are sourced from regional vendors.
Some of the most popular menu items so far include the Pappaw’s Burger – which includes a sirloin patty, pulled pork, melted cheese and barbecue sauce – and Pappaw’s Nachos, which include nachos topped with pulled pork or chicken, nacho cheese and barbecue sauce. The restaurant also features daily specials which have included items such as meatloaf, ribs, fish sandwiches and wings.
Ultimately though, the brisket, one of the daily specials, is perhaps the restaurant’s premier item, Donnie said.
“We’ll sell 100 pounds of brisket on a Friday and a Saturday,” he said.
Donnie said at the new location, some daily specials, such as brisket and ribs, will be available every day. He said the menu overall will remain consistent between the two locations.
Since opening, the business primarily has been run by the Simoneits and their daughter, Ashley Knott. Knott will be operating the location on Dixie Highway while her parents operate the new location with new employees.
Over time, Pappaw’s BBQ & More continually has emphasized hosting community events outside their business. The business has hosted several car cruise-ins, cornhole tournaments and drive-in movie screenings so far.
The business also has been used as a means to give back to the community. Last Thanksgiving, more than 500 free meals were given out to area families, according to Toby. Meals included items such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
“You just pulled up, told us how many you need and that’s how many you would get,” Toby said.
Last December, the business held a Christmas toy drive for area families, giving away close to 1,800 toys, according to Donnie. The Christmas project was referred to as a “drive-up Santa” event, in which children could interact with Santa Claus and receive toys outside the restaurant.
“Santa Claus sat at the front door and they pulled up and opened their windows, Santa Claus talked to them and then one of the elves took out the toys to the car,” Donnie said. “It was pretty neat.”
Toby said though the business still is relatively new, they’ve already gained several loyal customers from across the region and beyond.
“We know a lot of our customers by name and what they want when they come in,” she said.
Referencing the television sitcom “Cheers,” Donnie said he wants the new location to be a place where “everybody knows your name.”
“I just want to have a place where people can go and have a good time and enjoy a good family-fun environment where everyone’s welcome,” he said.